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Neighborhood news: Big changes coming to Southport Corridor Niko Apostal 12/17/15


If you haven’t taken a stroll in the Southport Corridor lately, there are quite a few changes happening or about to happen in this stretch of Lakeview. Ariel Cheung at DNAinfo talks about the impending rebrand of Deleece as Grassroots, a more “approachable” casual dining spot. She also highlights other changes coming:

  • The new J. Crew and Soul Cycle outlets will open in early 2016; construction on the building they will share is almost complete and “Coming Soon” signs are up.
  • Owners of Crosby’s Kitchen will expand into space next door.
  • The Mercury Theater will partner with the Deleece team in opening Venus, a restaurant/live theater space located in the former Cullen’s Bar.
  • Neighborhood staple Mystic Celt will close after Jan. 2. (Say it ain’t so!)
  • The Dairy Queen is currently closed for renovations; it will reopen in January.
  • Newcomers to the north end of the street include Frankie’s on Southport and the planned Doña Tola.

Other new things in this area of the city include Corridor Brewery & Provisions, which has been getting great reviews for both its food and its craft beer, and the rebrand of the former Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods, which its team decided to transform into the slightly-less-Anglophile Vivial. And popular micro-cafe Cafe Tola will stay in its current space across from Julius Meinl, but also has plans to open a larger-concept version in the former Sensational Bites space just up the street.

So if you haven’t been to the Southport Corridor in a while, perhaps it’s time for a visit?

*Photo courtesy of Flickr user David Wilson.

File: Southport Corridor